Walter Makaula

Walter Makaula


Walter MakaulaWalter is an Emmy award winning journalist and was one of the first reporters on the scene in University City when an FA-18 fighter jet crashed into two residential homes. Walter brought that story to viewers all across the country that day with live shots in Orlando, New York City, Indianapolis, Dallas, Houston, Denver, and San Francisco.

Walter has also covered the “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance” finales for viewers across the entire country.

He’s originally from Hawaii where he solo anchored the 5 p.m. news at NBC affiliate KHNL. He also co-anchored the stations top rated evening newscast at 9 p.m. each weekday.

Walter won the Crime Stoppers International Media Award in Calgary Canada for Best Television News Feature for his work on Hawaii’s Most Wanted.  He worked with federal, state, and county law enforcement agencies in capturing 12 of the 15 fugitives he profiled.

He has a diverse journalistic background and has interviewed a variety of newsmakers including Hillary Clinton and Academy Award winners Ben Affleck and Jodie Foster.

Prior to working at KHNL, he worked as a general assignment reporter at KGMB, the CBS affiliate in Honolulu.

Walter is happy to be living in San Diego.  He’s also lived in Tokyo, Paris and Milan.

What’s on your iPod? I have three. I use the Nano for running and while at the gym. Everything on it is fast. Dance music, pop, top 40 mostly. I have an iTouch where I store most of my music for travelling. It’s kind of my jukebox in the palm of my hand. Then I have my iPhone with all the current stuff I like to listen to. You name it; I have it — a little bit of everything from Rock and R&B, to gospel and even a few of my favorite chill mixes.

Which professional sport would you play and why? Tennis, for sure!!

If you were not in TV news, what profession would you choose? Talent Scout

What’s something that no one knows about you?  The reason no one knows is probably because I like it that way. Next question!

Dinner for 6, who would you invite? (Dead or alive) Both sets of grandparents and my father and sister who are all no longer here. Then I’d squeeze in two more chairs for me and my mom. Bon Appétit!

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